Laying it On The Line with The LEGO Movie 2

19 Feb

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

  • Spoiler Alert

Everything is not quite awesome in Bricksburg in The LEGO Movie Part Two. Now dubbed Apocalypseburg, the Mad Max theme plays throughout as the citizens attempt to thwart an invading species of bricks. The set up is simple: In the real world, events continue after younger sister Bianca is allowed to the basement where this “world” lives and she can bring her Duplo. And sometimes, certain characters are not who they are. This sense of accepting who they inside define what makes this sequel special.

Just how this film plays out is in an odd mixed-reality setting. These characters exist in a multi-verse which is crazy. It is at times straight out of Toy Story and other times not. The film never answers the question if the story is a figment of Finn’s (Jadon Sand) imagination. We are never too sure but let’s assume the LEGO-verse, as explained in Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu and Legends of Chima, includes the realms suggested in this movie.

More of LEGO’s many product lines are spotlighted in this film, crosses over to other universes and then some. I would have been beside myself if more products from the Ideas line was included. The tale is set in the Dimensions multiverse, though I’m still scratching my head at how Batman can cross universes. Because of the success of his solo film, the Caped Crusader (voiced by Will Arnett)’s has a bigger role. He wants to save Bricksburg from total annihilation. Armageddon gets renamed, where the new terminology is too obvious, it constitutes a major spoiler.

Ultimately, this film lives up to the idea of mixing LEGO parts up and having fun with new creations. It builds upon what was introduced in the last film, and the war is a cute metaphor for the problems happening in real life between brother and sister as they grow up. This film’s broader message is one about family bonding than having a total fallout.

Chris Pratt had to pull double duty voicing not only Emmet but also Rex, a hyped up version of all the characters this actor played, from Guardians of the Galaxy to Jurassic World. To make the personalities different is challenging, and he proves he was up to the job,

If there’s going to be a part three, I am hard pressed to guess where this film can go next. Maybe the video-game universe is next, as Traveller’s Tales has the monopoly on development. Maybe the characters have to deal with their own version of Wreck-it-Ralph.

4 Bricks out of 5

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